Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 17, 2022

MVNews this week:  Page 3

Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 17, 2022 


Cameras were able to capture photos of the 
'get away' vehicle believed to be black BMW 
with the plates removed. 

According to SMPD Sgt. Kamchamnan, the 
perpertrators struck quickly stealing more 
than $30,000 of high end liquor. They entered 
through the front door and were "all 
hoodied and masked up", making facial recognition 
next to impossible for the security 

It has operated from the same location since 

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ing, thieves broke into Sierra Madre's iconic 
At approximately 2:30 am Thursday mornBottle 
Shop located on Sierra Madre Blvd. 

the 1960's without incidence. 

Jeff Sullivan, a member of the family that owns 
the store said they were able to open later in the morning and as of press time, things are back to normal. 

The investigation is ongoing. The public is asked to be observant and "If you see something, say something". 
Call Sierra Madre PD at 626-355-1414. MVNews 


Despite A Last Minute Public Fundraising Effort, The Business Is No Longer Sustainable 

On Wednesday, the doors to BEAN TOWN COFFEE HOUSE & BAKERY were closed for the last time. 
According to co-owner Matthew Krantz, the beloved Sierra Madre 'spot'was not able to recover from the 
Pandemic and an unfortunate automobile accident that extended the time the business was closed for 

"We're very grateful to everyone who supported us over the years, and who donated to our recent Go-
FundMe effort. Those funds help us make certain our employees were paid and critical vendors were 
paid while we tried to keep the doors open.", said Krantz. 


The following represents a summary report of some of the major incidents handled by 
the Sierra Madre Police Department during this period. This list is not intended to be 
considered exclusive or all-inclusive. 

Tuesday, December 6th


Sierra Madre Police Officers were dispatched to St. Rita School in the 300 block of North 
Baldwin Avenue, regarding a possible threat of violence at the school. Once informed, the 
Police Department took immediate steps to investigate the incident, including interviewing 
numerous potential witnesses, viewing social media accounts, and conducting searches. The 
investigation remains active and ongoing. 

While Officers conducting the initial investigation determined that there was no immediate 
threat to the school, there will be increased patrols around all Sierra Madre schools to ensure 
the safety of students and staff. Officers have also spoken to the family of the student and will 
continue to investigate the matter. 

The Police Department is committed to fully investigate each threat. When probable cause 
exists, appropriate enforcement action will be taken. We focus on ensuring the safety of 
students, school staff, and community members as we respond to these incidents. 

We continue to encourage students, parents, and school staff to immediately report any information 
that poses a threat to the safety of others. We continue to communicate with St. Rita 
School, as well as local, regional and federal law enforcement partners, to share information 
and ensure the safety of our schools and our community. We ask that the public remember to 
follow the philosophy of “See Something, Say Something” when witnessing or hearing suspicious 

We ask that the public remember to follow the philosophy of “See Something, Say Something” 
when witnessing or hearing suspicious activity. Anyone with information regarding this or any 
threat to a school is asked to call the Police Department immediately by dialing 9-1-1, or (626) 
355-1414 for a non-emergency. 

This information is preliminary and is intended for informational use rather than being a formal 

investigative report. 

Wednesday, December 7th Theft from Motor Vehicle 
At approximately 7 AM, officers responded to the 400 block of Mariposa Ave. for reports of a theft from 
motor vehicle. Upon arrival, the reporting party stated that the catalytic converter was stolen from their 
vehicle. The Detectives' Bureau is following up on this incident. 


by Deanne Davis 

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly 
melts in your mouth, sweetening 
every taste bud, making you wish 
it could last forever.” Richelle E. 

“Like snowflakes, my Christmas 
memories gather and dance – 
each beautiful, unique, and gone 
too soon.” 
Deborah Whipp 

Everywhere I go these last few 
days, some smiling person has 
asked me, “Are you ready for 
Christmas?” They mean have 
I spent my very last dime on 
presents, are they wrapped 
and under the tree? Is there 
actually a tree up and decorated? Are my cards in the mail? 

Unlike the lady I heard about who bought 85 presents for each and every one of her 
children and told the world that she spent a mere $2,300 on Christmas, I won’t be doing 
that. In fact, is my Santa. I’m so grateful for the fine folks at Amazon who 
pack up every item I select and send it straight to my house, arriving, occasionally, on 
the very same day I ordered it. 

Yes, I’m ready for Christmas. No, my cards aren’t in the mail. Actually, I haven’t done 
them yet, but I’ve written my Christmas letter to let my friends in far-flung places know 
I’m still alive and not yet too senile. I’ve printed it out on Christmas paper and assembled 
everything I need to complete this project. I must confess I’m of the persuasion that my 
cards could be the very last ones friends receive before the year ends, or the very first 
ones they receive next year. I won’t be burning the midnight oil to get those finished. 

Yes, my house has been decorated since just after Thanksgiving and every day of my life I 
turn everything on the minute I get out of bed as I just love seeing all these treasures that 
represent memories of past Christmases. My nodding deer are out in front and today I 
managed to put new batteries in my Christmas wreath hanging on the front door. 

Yes, I’m ready for Christmas. I’ve been making pumpkin cookies for Jessie and Emily 
to deliver to their teachers this week before they escape the confines of the classroom 
for Christmas break. That’s today’s picture. Dozens of cookies in little bags, which will 
make you wish you had some. 

Here’s the pumpkin cookie recipe, in case you want to make them and give some to everyone 
you know. 


3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour2-1/3 cups old fashioned oats1-3/4 tsp. baking soda1-1/2 tsp. salt2 tsp. cinnamon (generous)
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves 

Combine the above in a large bowl. With your electric mixer, blend the following then add 
to the flour mixture: 

3-1/2 sticks butter, softened1-3/4 cups white sugar1-3/4 cups packed brown sugar1 15-oz can Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 large eggs1-3/4 tsp. vanilla extract 

Add as many pecans, walnuts, dried cranberries, raisins as you’d like to have. This makes 
a LOT of dough. Chill your dough overnight before you bake. 

Bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes until firm and lightly browned. Enjoy them and share them. 
Christmas is for giving. 

Speaking of sharing, The Candlelight Walk is tomorrow, Sunday, starting from St. Rita’s 
at 7:45. Hoping for no rain and lots of happy folks to share this lovely time. 

Best of all, I’ve been reading the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke, which blesses 
me. Hope it blesses you, too. 

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks 
at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around 
them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you 
good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior 
has been born to you;He is Christ, the Lord...Suddenly a great company of the heavenly 
host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and 
on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:8-13 

“On a night like this, centuries ago,
A brilliant star rose in the East, 
To show the Wise Men where to go.
They set out on a journey,
To find an unknown King.
Their hearts were filled with happinessAnd praises they would sing!” 

(“A Night Like This” from “Star of Wonder – A Christmas Musical”
Book & Lyrics by Deanne Davis, Music by David Wheatley) 

My book page: Deanne Davis 
Christmas is just a week away and my books:
“Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope”
“A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter” 
Would be really nice gifts for everyone you know. They’re on“Star of Wonder” a delightful Christmas Kindle story, where four lonely people find 
love following a strange new star on Christmas Eve, is there, too.